Audrey Fischer of the Library’s Public Affairs Office offers this guest blog item for Saturday:
April 24 marks the Library’s 210th anniversary. Let it be said that the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution keeps getting better with age.
In 2000, the Library of Congress celebrated its bicentennial. That same year it embarked on a mission to lead the nation’s effort to preserve “at-risk” digital collections. It was perhaps that leadership effort and the institution’s foray into Web 2.0 that positioned the Library to answer the call to preserve Twitter’s digital archive of public tweets.
From cuneiform tablets to concise e-messages, and everything in between, the nation’s library—now in its third century— continues to fulfill its mission to preserve the record of human creativity.